Ocean governance and maritime security in a placeful environment:the case of the European Union

Germond, Basil and Germond-Duret, Celine (2016) Ocean governance and maritime security in a placeful environment:the case of the European Union. Marine Policy, 66. pp. 124-131. ISSN 0308-597X

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Abstract

Adopting a critical geopolitics approach that accounts for the mutually reinforcing link between geo-informed narratives and power projection practices, this article proposes that ocean governance and maritime security have translated into states’ and regional organisations’ increasing control over maritime spaces. This leads to a certain territorialisation of the sea, not so much from a sovereignty and jurisdictional perspective but from a functional and normative perspective. The article starts by discussing the ways oceans have been represented and shows that they are far from a placeless void, both in practice and in discourse. The article then frames the analysis of ocean governance and maritime security within critical geopolitics, and elaborates on the case of the European Union’s narrative and practice. It concludes on the mutually reinforcing link between discourse and practice in the field of ocean governance and maritime security in general, and on the consequences in terms of power projection for the EU in particular. Scholars working on ocean governance and maritime security are encouraged to challenge the traditional view that oceans are placeless.

Item Type:
Journal Article
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Marine Policy
Additional Information:
This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Marine Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Marine Policy, 66, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.01.010
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77612
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Deposited On:
11 Jan 2016 15:48
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Yes
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Published
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08 Apr 2020 02:54